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At the heart of our awards lies the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award. For 38 years, this award has celebrated college football coaches who embody the leadership, dedication, and excellence exemplified by Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant himself. Each season, one remarkable coach from the NCAA is selected to receive the coveted “Bear” bust trophy and the title of Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year. This award not only highlights coaching achievements but also pays homage to Coach Bryant’s legacy through contributions to the American Heart Association.

Paul Bear Bryant Awards

Coach Bryant was a leader, both on and off the field. He possessed the ability to inspire, the patience to teach, and the gift of leadership. The Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award salutes those coaches who have reached that same high standard of excellence. In addition to the Coach of the Year Award, the Bryant Awards also hosts the Lifetime Achievement Award Heart of a Champion Award for Coaches.

Paul Bear Bryant Awards
College Football Coach of the Year Fan Vote Favorite

College Football Coach of the Year Fan Vote Favorite

YOU, the fans, will have the chance to determine which college football coach will win the Fan Vote. Tell us which coach you think is the best, and encourage your friends to join in the fun and vote for their favorite college football coach, too.

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